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  • On Aug 6, 2011
    Chris from UT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    This is our first cruise and we have heard that upon checkout there may be some unexpected charges like daily gratuities or such that are included on you final bill. If so could you just give us a heads up so we know what to expect.

    Hi, Chris!

    Congratulations on your first cruise -- you have made a wise choice by booking a Disney Cruise Line (DCL) vacation!

    Most guests finalize their shipboard account before Debarkation Day -- usually on the last afternoon or evening.  You will receive a print out under your door on Debarkation Day, but there will no "hidden charges." You should be fully aware of when you're purchasing items or services on board -- you'll have to sign for them. There are government taxes and fees associated with every cruise. However, those are usually settled with your cruise booking before you ever set sail.

    As far as gratuities, they will be added to your shipboard account only if you go to Guest Services and pay them before the last evening of your cruise. Otherwise, you can prepay them before you ever leave home, or you can put cash in the gratuity envelopes.

    For more information and guidelines on gratuities (who and what to tip), there's a great chart on which will help you out, but let me know if you have more questions. Have a wonderful day and fabulous vacation.

    Bon voyage,

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Meet the Panelist: Andi, Alabama

Anchors aweigh! Time to set sail aboard Disney Cruise Line, and I'm just the mom to help you navigate the waters of planning. From stem to stern to ports of call, I'll show you the ropes of pixie-dusted vessels filled with magic and adventure. Learn More About Andi

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